Dr. Lillian Joyce

Associate Professor, Art History


I have been teaching at UAH for more than fifteen years and it still feels fresh everyday I go into the classroom. Our students are bright, motivated, and ready to learn. Together we explore cultures of the past and the art that they created. The past is an exciting place where we discover how religion, politics, and customs as well as wealth shaped the development of visual culture. We also look at how later cultures adopted, adapted, or rejected what came before. We think about challenges as well as innovations.

In my own research I study the ancient Romans. UAH has supported numerous trips to Italy. Seeing what I work with in person as well as having access to the world’s best libraries in my field has helped me become a successful researcher. I am able to share what I learn with our students.

In addition to working with students in the classroom, I am also the Chair of the department. I assure the smooth working of our program, oversee the maintenance of facilities, and help students navigate the system.

In college I played sports, worked a campus job, and participated in clubs and other activities. I know what it’s like to juggle a busy schedule and have fun along the way. I will help you have the same experience here at UAH.

Dr. Joyce's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Art History and Museum Studies, Boston University
  • B.A., Art History, Vassar College

Classes Taught


  • Archaeological Institute of America, Trustee, 2006-2011
  • Archaeological Institute of America, President, North Alabama Society, 2000-present
  • College Art Association Member, 1983-present
  • SECAC Member, 2000-present


  • "Knife-Wielding Women of the Bacchanalia", SECAC Review 15 (2010), 521-535.
  • "Ecstasy in Miniature: Maenads and Satyrs on Roman Gems", SECAC Review XIV, 2 (2002), 119-126.
  • "Dirce Disrobed", Classical Antiquity 20, 2 (2001), 221-238.
  • "Multisemantic Visualizations of the Bacchanalia in Roman Relief Sculpture", New Scholars/New Ideas, 2 (1995).


  • "Are You My Mother? Nero and the Goddess Roma" SECAC, Mobile, AL 2009
  • "Roma and the Virtuous Breast" CAA, Los Angeles, CA 2009
  • "The Function of the Landscape in Italian Painting" Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL. 2007
  • "Courtship and Romance in the Medieval World" SCA Collegium, Huntsville, AL 2007
  • "Saints and Sinners in Medieval Sculpture" presentation and workshop, SCA Collegium, Huntsville, AL 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant (Archaeology Lecture Series) 2002, 2004, 2009 (Dora Exhibition) 2010
  • Humanities Center Grant (Research in Italy) 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Humanities Center Grant (Research at Johns Hopkins University) 2007 and 2009
  • Global Studies Curriculum Enhancement Grant (Non-Western Art) 2005 and (Travel to Guatemala/Honduras) 2006
  • Humanities Center Library Enhancement Grant (Non-Western Art and Luttrell Psalter Facsimile) 2005, Modern Architecture 2011